36 days in France Itinerary

36 days in France Itinerary

Created using Inspirock France travel route builder

Make it your trip
Fly
1
Paris
— 6 nights
Fly
2
Sarlat-la-Caneda
— 5 nights
Drive to Toulouse, Fly to Nice
3
Nice
— 6 nights
Drive
4
Marseille
— 4 nights
Drive
5
Avignon
— 4 nights
Fly
6
Mont-Saint-Michel
— 2 nights
Drive
7
Bayeux
— 4 nights
Drive
8
Rouen
— 3 nights
Fly

S M T W T F S
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
26
27
28

Paris

— 6 nights

City of Light

A beautiful and romantic city fit for any itinerary, Paris brims with historic associations and remains vastly influential in the realms of culture, art, fashion, food and design.
Change things up with a short trip to Palace of Versailles in Versailles (about 48 minutes away). There's still lots to do: browse the exhibits of Louvre Museum, appreciate the extensive heritage of Champs-Elysees, admire the masterpieces at Musee d'Orsay, and steep yourself in history at Eiffel Tower.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Paris online trip maker.

Brisbane, Australia to Paris is an approximately 24.5-hour flight. The time zone difference moving from Australian Eastern Standard Time to Central European Standard Time is minus 9 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Brisbane in April, with highs in Paris at 18°C and lows at 6°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to fly to Sarlat-la-Caneda.

Things to do in Paris

Historic Sites · Museums · Neighborhoods · Parks

Side Trip

Find places to stay Apr 23 — 29:

Sarlat-la-Caneda

— 5 nights

Medieval Capital of the Dordogne Valley

Sarlat-la-Caneda is the capital of the former Périgord Noir, now referred to as the Aquitaine region that is home to a historical area consisting of impeccably preserved 14th-century buildings and sites.
Get out of town with these interesting Sarlat-la-Caneda side-trips: Gouffre de Padirac (in Padirac), Cite Religieuse (in Rocamadour) and Le Regourdou (in Lascaux). Next up on the itinerary: relax in the rural setting at Les Noyeraies du Landers, step into the grandiose world of Chateau des Milandes, admire the natural beauty at Eyrignac et ses Jardins en Dordogne, and explore the fascinating underground world of Le Gouffre de Proumeyssac.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Sarlat-la-Caneda route builder tool.

You can fly from Paris to Sarlat-la-Caneda in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a train. Traveling from Paris in April, expect nights in Sarlat-la-Caneda to be about the same, around 5°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 22°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Nice.

Things to do in Sarlat-la-Caneda

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay Apr 29 — May 4:

Nice

— 6 nights

Nissa la Bella (Nice the Beautiful)

Well-known for the beautiful views of its famous Promenade des Anglais waterfront, Nice is an ethnically-diverse coastal port city on the French Riviera and the fifth most populated city in France.
Get out of town with these interesting Nice side-trips: Massif de l'Esterel (in Agay), Lérins Islands (in Cannes) and Forcerie Vial (in Tanneron). Spend the 9th (Mon) exploring the fascinating underwater world at Marineland. Next up on the itinerary: take a stroll through Vieille Ville, get great views at Colline du Chateau overlook, examine the collection at Musée Marc Chagall, and admire the natural beauty at Le Jardin Exotique d'Eze.

To find more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Nice day trip planner.

Traveling by combination of car and flight from Sarlat-la-Caneda to Nice takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Traveling from Sarlat-la-Caneda in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Nice, with lows of 16°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Tue) early enough to drive to Marseille.

Things to do in Nice

Parks · Historic Sites · Zoos & Aquariums · Museums

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 4 — 10:

Marseille

— 4 nights

Gateway to Provence

The 2013 European "Capital of Culture," Marseille is the largest port city on the breezy Mediterranean coast and the second largest city in France.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Marseille: Aix-en-Provence (Paul Cezanne’s Studio, Paroisse Cathédrale Saint Sauveur Aix-en-Provence, &more) and Trolib (in Cassis). Spend the 12th (Thu) exploring nature at Parc National des Calanques. Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Basilique Notre-Dame de la Garde, take a leisurely stroll along Le Vieux Port, take a stroll through The Panier, and get engrossed in the history at Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Marseille online tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Nice to Marseille takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. In May, plan for daily highs up to 26°C, and evening lows to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Avignon.

Things to do in Marseille

Nature · Parks · Museums · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 10 — 14:

Avignon

— 4 nights

City of Popes

An ancient town center surrounded by medieval ramparts, Avignon is a major city of Provence and a Mediterranean city in the Vaucluse department on the left bank of the Rhône River.
Change things up with these side-trips from Avignon: Amphitheatre (les Arenes) (in Arles), Les Baux de Provence (Chateau des Baux de Provence & Carrieres des Lumieres) and La Maison Carree (in Nimes). There's much more to do: step into the grandiose world of Palais des Papes, tour the pleasant surroundings at Le Parc Ornithologique de Pont de Gau, snap pictures at Pont d'Avignon, and trek along Le Sentier des Ocres.

To find reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Avignon day trip site.

Drive from Marseille to Avignon in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Avignon can reach 27°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can fly to Mont-Saint-Michel.

Things to do in Avignon

Historic Sites · Wineries · Tours · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 14 — 18:

Mont-Saint-Michel

— 2 nights
Le Mont-Saint-Michel is an island commune in Normandy, France. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): get outside with Avel Char, stroll through Chemins de la Baie du Mont Saint-Michel, and then trek along Sport Evasion Mont Saint Michel - Day Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: don't miss a visit to Pointe du Grouin du Sud and then admire the landmark architecture of Mont Saint-Michel.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mont-Saint-Michel holiday planner.

Fly from Avignon to Mont-Saint-Michel in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of train and flight; or drive. In May, Mont-Saint-Michel is a bit cooler than Avignon - with highs of 19°C and lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Bayeux.

Things to do in Mont-Saint-Michel

Outdoors · Historic Sites · Trails · Parks

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 18 — 20:

Bayeux

— 4 nights
Most travelers take a trip to Bayeux to see the famed tapestry depicting the legendary Norman Conquest from the 11th century.
Step out of Bayeux to go to Sainte-Mere-Eglise and see Airborne Museum, which is approximately 38 minutes away. Next up on the itinerary: stroll the grounds of Normandy American Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Pointe du Hoc, take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedrale Notre-Dame, and examine the collection at Musee du debarquement.

To see photos, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Bayeux itinerary planning website.

You can drive from Mont-Saint-Michel to Bayeux in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or do a combination of train and bus. Expect a daytime high around 19°C in May, and nighttime lows around 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rouen.

Things to do in Bayeux

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Beaches

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 20 — 24:

Rouen

— 3 nights

City of a Hundred Spires

Rouen is situated on the River Seine, about 90 minutes from Paris.
Kick off your visit on the 25th (Wed): don't miss a visit to Falaises d'Etretat and then don't miss a visit to Chemin des Douaniers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Fondation Claude Monet, then explore the world behind art at Musee des Beaux-Arts de Rouen, and then make a trip to Cathedrale Notre-Dame de Rouen.

For traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rouen trip itinerary builder site.

Traveling by car from Bayeux to Rouen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a train; or take a bus. In May in Rouen, expect temperatures between 20°C during the day and 8°C at night. You'll set off for home on the 27th (Fri).

Things to do in Rouen

Parks · Museums · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 24 — 27:

France travel guide

4.3
Architectural Buildings · Landmarks · Historic Sites
France has been the world's most popular tourist destination for decades, and geographically, it is one of the most diverse countries in Europe. Its cities are holiday hot spots and contain some of the greatest treasures in Europe, its countryside is prosperous and well tended, and it boasts dozens of major tourist attractions, like Paris, the French Riviera, the Atlantic beaches, the winter sport resorts of the French Alps, as well as the castles of the Loire Valley, Brittany, and Normandy. The country is renowned for its gastronomy, particularly wines and cheeses, as well as its history, culture, and fashion industry.

You'll find that the French people are very polite and may react coldly to you if you forget this. You might be surprised as you're greeted by other customers and the proprieter when you walk into a restaurant or a shop. Be sure to take your sightseeing off the beaten path in France. Besides the famous Eiffel Tower and the chic resorts of the Côte d'Azur (French Riviera) you'll find many places to visit in the form of museums filled with fine art, crafts, and archaeological relics, wonderful medieval villages and castles, diverse national parks, and local shopping direct from artisans themselves.

Whether you're touring the Christmas Markets or going skiing during winter, viewing the springtime influx of color in Provence, sunbathing on the Mediterranean coast in the summer, or watching the fall foliage against the backdrop of the châteaux in the Loire Valley, you're sure to find just the right place to be. Spring is a time when the tourist attractions are just starting to expand their hours, but it may still be cold in the mountainous regions and the north. Summer is the busiest time in France with the longest hours for many museums and attractions, but it's often when you will experience the most crowds. Winter in France is filled with winter carnivals, Christmas Markets, and of course, skiing. Fall is a time to celebrate the release of Beaujolais nouveau wine in November, as well as experience Nuit Blanche, a day in October when major attractions, museums, galleries, parks, and swimming pools remain open all night.